Columbus Helps make Artwork Provides Heather Taylor Bringing November to Beeler Gallery

Columbus College of Art & Design’s Beeler Gallery has reopened to the general public for spring 2021 with November, an immersive lens-dependent exhibition curated by CCAD alum Heather Taylor (Cinematic Arts, 2015). Open up by appointment via March 6, this is the 1st gallery exhibition Taylor has curated, and a change from Taylor’s complete-time, right away function as a videographer for neighborhood information channel WSYX, a place that she states can depart her witnessing some “heavy hearted” scenes. Beneath, she discusses her artistic observe and earning do the job in Columbus.

Jennifer: How did November originate? How does the last exhibit compare to what you’d originally envisioned?
Heather: November originated from Tim Rietenbach, the College Director of Galleries, inquiring if I was interested in curating the to start with show less than his new posture as Beeler Gallery’s director. We talked about obtaining a team clearly show that mirrored loosely on the theme of 2020, with the aid of FotoFocus Cincinnati.

The demonstrate turned out much more lovely than I could have imagined. I come across myself missing inside it, and I individually will need that suitable now. It is video clip-weighty, which is the very first for the gallery and so there were some troubles that we confronted at initial but general it turned out lovely. The artists labored quite tough.

Jennifer: Where in central Ohio do you obtain inspiration?
Heather: I obtain inspiration at Audubon Park! My beloved park below. It reminds me of the landscape the place I grew up, in the countryside of northern Ohio.

Heather Taylor with her work camera. Photo by Brian Kaiser.
Heather Taylor with her perform digital camera. Photograph by Brian Kaiser.

Jennifer: What is the most effective issue about the Columbus arts scene appropriate now?
Heather: I don’t know that I can communicate to precisely ideal now, since of the pandemic. Nevertheless, I sense the artwork scene in this article is compact and pretty precise. There are a large amount of proficient folx that are nestled in this metropolis. It will make Columbus a lot more charming and comfy to me, to know these creative, progressive like-minded folks are listed here, even if they may not publicly demonstrate their work or share a whole lot of what they are doing to a broader viewers. I see them and respect them.

Heather Taylor with her work camera. Photo by Brian Kaiser.
Heather Taylor with her perform camera.
Picture by Brian Kaiser.

Jennifer: You have practical experience both as a curator and as an artist. Which do you want? Why?
Heather: I come to feel that my curation is a section of my inventive apply as a full. If I experienced an possibility, however, at the moment I’d pick curation, since it’s easier to get get the job done from artists who are consistently building and sharing their operate for an audience to see. I do not experience like I deliver as a lot do the job as I would like. It took me a long time to arrive to terms with even calling myself an “artist.”

Jennifer: What does your resourceful procedure glance like?
Heather: It is spontaneous, but as I have developed more mature, I execute most assignments with some type of system. I like to preserve things versatile, to go away space for adjust and adjustment. I are inclined to overshare it is scarce for me to maintain much saved away and non-public except it’s very own or considerably from “complete.” I delight in sharing what I do and the procedures that go into them, and the responses from folx conjures up and motivates me to proceed to develop. I really feel that my procedure contains the believed and healing for many others and the community that is Instagram, and what my operate can do for them.

Jennifer: What’s future for you as an artist? As a curator?
Heather: Who is aware of, lol! I can’t pay for to be a total-time artist so I include my individual perform while balancing operating a whole-time career. I have some options relating to filmmaking that I may execute, but those people will be personal for now. The moment it is harmless once more to have gatherings of people, I’m certain I’ll make one thing on a larger sized scale to share and rejoice that.

November is on view at CCAD’s Beeler Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., by appointment by Saturday, March 6. Admission is totally free. For much more information and facts, visit

Still images from The Work by Lexie Smith. On display at November at Beeler Gallery.
Even now photographs from The Function by Lexie Smith.

November at the Beeler Gallery functions 12 emerging Columbus-based, nationwide and worldwide artists, and is component of a collaboration with the Cincinnati nonprofit FotoFocus. Taylor selected every of the artists and requested them to build artwork in response to the ominous tone of 2020 and the uncertainty of the near foreseeable future. The exhibition was originally scheduled to open in November 2020 but was postponed because of to COVID-19. It retains its authentic title as a reminder of the month’s menacing speculation, its prophetic realization, and the suspended gratification that we are nonetheless navigating. The dozen artists with function in the present are: Dru Batte, Natasha Cantwell, Cameron A. Granger (Cinematic Arts, 2016), Kalaktive collaborative duo (Bahareh Khoshooee and Sareh Imani), Dawn Kim, Susu Laroche, Bobby T Luck, Calista Lyon, Adee Roberson, Lexie Smith and Benjamin Willis.

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Jennifer Wray

Jennifer Wray is a Columbus native and a author for Columbus University of Artwork & Style and design. She lives in Clintonville with her spouse, Kyle, and their son, Sam.